Michael Trice, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Cartilage Repair and Total Joint Specialist located in Houston, TX
Car accidents, sports injuries, and bad falls are common occurrences that can result in fractures or broken bones. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Michael Trice, MD, provides personalized fracture care for patients of all ages at Complete Orthopaedics in Houston, Texas. If you think you may have a fracture, call the office or book an appointment online right away.
Fractures Q & A
What are the different types of fractures?
Fractures are classified by the way a bone breaks. Fractures can be partial, which means the bone doesn’t break all the way through, or complete, which results in two or more separate pieces of bone.
Complete and partial fractures include a wide range of types from a greenstick fracture that partially breaks the bone to a compression fracture that shatters it.
Fractures can also be closed or open. An open, or compound fracture involves a break in the skin that makes the bone visible. This type of fracture requires immediate medical care because of the high risk of infection.
What causes fractures?
Your bones are designed to endure a great deal of stress, but too much pressure can cause them to break. Many things can cause fractures, including:
- Sports injuries
- Traumatic injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Repetitive stress from activities like running
Certain diseases, such as osteoporosis, can weaken your bones and increase your risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is a common cause of hip fractures in older adults.
How do I know if I have a fracture?
Fractures that occur suddenly usually cause severe pain immediately after the injury. Fractures that result from overuse also cause pain, but it may develop gradually. Other signs and symptoms of fractures include:
- Swelling and bruising
- Inability to bear weight on the injured area
- Restricted range of motion
- A bone or joint that appears out of place
If you see a bone poking through your skin or have a wound that is deep enough to expose the bone, go to the nearest emergency room right away.
How are fractures diagnosed and treated?
To diagnose a fracture, Dr. Trice asks you to describe how the injury occurred and reviews your symptoms. He carefully examines the injured area and may take an X-ray to confirm the presence of a broken bone.
Then, he recommends the best treatment for your specific type of fracture. Simple fractures may heal more quickly with immobilization in a cast or brace.
More complex fractures may require surgery to reposition the bones. Dr. Trice may use internal or external devices, like screws and rods, to hold your bones in place while they heal.
After your bone heals, physical therapy helps you regain strength and mobility.
For advanced expertise in fracture care, call Complete Orthopaedics, or book an appointment online today.